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🌱 It’s not just high rises sprouting up in SLU

JoJo Tran started gardening in South Lake Union long before Amazon arrived. Click on the image to learn more.
(📹: Eric Keto)

Meet this Seattleite

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining (sometimes), and JoJo Tran wants you to fall in love.  Spring is the perfect time to begin a new romance…with your garden.

JoJo has been planting and harvesting vegetables as a community gardener in Seattle’s Cascade P-Patch for 20 years. He’s seen plenty of changes in the neighborhood, but this little patch of nature continues to be an oasis in the midst of the steel, glass, and concrete of South Lake Union.

For JoJo, spending time in the garden is all about staying “down to earth.” Planting offers time for meditation and harvesting means sharing the bounty with friends and strangers alike.

QUOTABLE: “Many people who know me — they fall in love with the garden.” —JoJo Tran

FUN FACT: Mid-April is a good time to plant your salad greens in Seattle. JoJo has already harvested some mustard greens and chocolate mint from his P-Patch.

CHECK IT OUT: Interested in planting your own summer crops? Check out Seattle’s P-Patch gardens, a network of city-owned community gardens that are open to everyone.

Head on over to Facebook to check out our full video and find out how JoJo got the nickname “the Salad Man.”

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Let’s get together

🌳 You ready for an Evergrey #Trashtag challenge? It’s A Noble Earth Party Time this Earth Day at Triangle Spirits. Come join us, grab a trash bag, and get to cleaning. Then celebrate Mother Earth in true style with Noble Oak and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. (Fremont)

💾 Next Wednesday, we are joining the Women in Tech Regatta to host trivia night. We’ve got some badass women to celebrate; come join us on April 24 and learn all about the cool history of women in tech. (South Lake Union)

🍰 Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so get your bake on this year to show your love at our Baking Mother’s Day Cupcakes class on April 29. Nuflours owner and head baker Phebe Rossi will teach us her secrets. (Capitol Hill)

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What Seattle is talking about

Mayor Jenny Durkan is pushing back against allegations made by two former employees, one of whom has threatened legal action.

As reported by Crosscut’s David Kroman, one former employee accused the mayor of grabbing her face during a heated exchange last summer — an event that the employee said triggered past trauma of domestic abuse.

Another former employee, who served as an executive assistant to two deputy mayors, said the work environment in the mayor’s office was toxic and eventually led her to lose her job. She claims the city owes her $1.6 million for lost wages, retirement benefits, and emotional distress.

Durkan issued a statement on Wednesday denying the accusations.

In other news…

Connecting with light rail just got a lot easier in South Seattle with the launch of King County Metro’s new Via ride-hailing service. (The Seattle Times)

Need a place to park your dog? A by-the-minute doghouse rental company plans to set up shop in Seattle later this spring. (GeekWire)

Sesame Street is coming to Seattle this summer, so put July 27 on the calendar if you’ve got muppet-loving kiddos at home. (KOMO)

Our Partner Events

🍿 Today: Add your own light to a solar system of local arts luminaries at Northwest Film Forum’s Celestial Gala or get down at the afterparty (SoDo)—sold out

👩‍💻 April 22-26: Find your tribe, pick up skills, and tackle some big, core questions in dozens of workshops at the Women in Tech Regatta (All over)

🔨 Wednesday, April 24: Get into the economics of “division of labor” at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

📺 Wednesday, May 1: Hear about that controversial local documentary — “Seattle Is Dying” — with leaders on homelessness and KOMO’s news director at the next Civic Cocktail (Belltown)

🙌 June 8: Register now to volunteer on projects around the city for Seattle Works Day, then meet your fellow do-gooders at the after-party (All over)

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Around Town

TODAY

💔 Relate at this bad date storytelling night (South Lake Union)

📵 Laugh it up at this comedy roast of Seattle’s tech scene (University District)

🐉 Escape at this Northwest sci-fi / fantasy convention — through Sunday (SeaTac)

🍿 Hang with local arts rock stars at Northwest Film Forum’s gala afterparty (SoDo)


TOMORROW

🍸 Explore the Pacific Science Center kid-free at this happy hour (Queen Anne)

😂 Cheer for your faves at this competitive improv comedy show (Downtown)

🎸 Dress to impress at this Jimi Hendrix dance party (Central District)


SATURDAY

🐣 Go egg hunting with the kiddos at the zoo (Phinney Ridge)

🏃 Get grounded at this Earth Day Run (Sand Point)

📺 Geek out on anime at Sakura-Con — through Sunday (Downtown)

🍻 Join an Easter Bunny bar hop (Downtown)


SUNDAY

🐇 Book an Easter meal out with the fam (All over)

🍴 Ride an Easter Brunch cruise (Lake Union and Lake Washington)

🌷 Drown in color at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Skagit Valley)

🐞 Release actual ladybugs at Chihuly Garden & Glass (Queen Anne)


MONDAY

🌎 Clean up the planet with friends at our Noble Earth Party (Fremont)

⛰️ Hike state parks for free on Earth Day (All over)

👩‍ Connect with innovators at the Women in Tech Regatta (All over)

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One more thing...

We all know about the Gum Wall and the Fremont Troll, but have you ever witnessed the awe-inspiring selection of candy at the downtown post office?

We’ll never look at city park signs the same after flipping through this collection of the underrated “Seven Wonders of Seattle” from our friends over at @seattlewalkreport.

Keep your eyes open, Seattle. 👀

— The Evergrey

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